Why pictures of puppies turns people into piles of emotional mush

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Why Pictures Of Puppies Turns People Into Piles Of Emotional Mush


Ever wonder why seeing pictures of adorable puppies turns humans into piles of emotional mush?

Stanford University Professor Robert M. Sapolsky looked into the phenomenon and came up with some very intriguing, scientifically backed explanations, which he shared in the Wall Street Journal.

It boils down to a couple of factors.

At the core of the matter is that as humans, we prefer babies over adults, particularly cute ones.

Studies have shown that when viewing images of human babies, subjects show a much greater fondness for the adorable ones than those deemed average or below.

Science has also unearthed the ugly truth that as caregivers, people feel a more intense desire to protect the attractive ones.

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Why pictures of puppies turns people into piles of emotional mush

Golden Retriever puppies 

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Puppies on Park Bench

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Seven week old Siberian Husky puppy sleeping.

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Close up of a cute golden retriever puppy

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Wheaten Terrier Puppies Playing 

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I wanna play ... this 8-week-young Beagle puppy said with a waggy tail.

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Four puppies in a row

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A happy and energetic Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy runs on vibrant green grass.

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English Bulldog puppy 

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Boxer dog balancing treat on its nose.

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Two dogs (Siberian Husky and Pomeranian) cuddling.

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Howling Eurasier puppy

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The image is of a Boston Terrier puppy and a toddler boy approximately 2-5 years of age with blonde hair. The puppy and the boy are staring at each other. 

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Cute Puggle Looking at Camera.

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Spaniel puppies in a basket.

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Beagle puppy lying in a tiny suitcase

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Beagle with ears spread wide 

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Dalmatian puppy standing in a field 

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Cute dachshund puppy 

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American Staffordshire puppy

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy naps on her blanket.

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White Chihuahua puppy wearing heart shaped sunglasses.

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Chocolate Lab puppy looking out of a basket.

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Puppy taking a break (it is tough to be such a young model!)

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Red puppy with wrinkles, blue eyes, Shar Pei & pit bull type

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Sleeping Chihuahua puppy

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Basset Hound puppy with visor

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Mongrel Dog With a Toy Bone 

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Tiny boston terrier puppy chewing on toys

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A Beagle puppy of 12 weeks running on yellow sand with only 2 feet on the ground

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puppy, red and white, pitbull, amstaff, american staffordshire terrier, cute, inquisitive, poker face

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Boxer puppy with doghouse

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Basset Hound puppy

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Yorkshire Terrier puppy sits by owners feet, on green lawn.

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A young black labrador retriever puppy carries a freshly picked carrot in his mouth.

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German shepherd puppy running through field

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American Staffordshire terrier puppy yawns sitting on wooden boards

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Golden Retreiver puppy girl running in the front yard through the spring green grass on location for adventure playtime and imagination with sunlight and green trees in the background

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Close-up Of Puppy

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A serious black puppy (Pit Bull mix) stares intently at the camera while light from the sun shines behind him.

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Cute puppy with a green bandage

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Ten week old female Golden retriever puppy lying on grass.

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Black and white pit bull puppy.

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Puggle puppy looking at the camera with adorable eyes.

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Shih Tzu puppy running on the sand.

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Akita sleeping on the floor

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French bulldog puppy sleeping with teddy bear

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Spoiled Yorkiepoo Puppy Sitting in Bed of Toys

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Howling eurasier puppy

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Italia, Piedmont, Tortona, Portrait of puppy looking at camera

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Lazy Dog

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It's been further observed that cute babies are shown greater degrees of affection by their mothers than those that are plain looking.

That impulse applies to puppies as well due to the fact that our brain's hardwiring has a serious glitch.

When it comes to babies and cuteness, it makes no difference if they're human or brought into the world by another mammal.

Regardless of whether the subject of the gaze is a puppy, baby whale, or a little furry hamster, we judge them equally and respond accordingly.

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